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Ranked 4th among online Christian colleges
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$300K
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Psychology

You will benefit greatly from the extensive knowledge and experience of the OCU Psychology Department faculty. All members of the department are among the highest qualified in the field.

These professors possess strong theoretical foundations and have a lifetime of experience in Chemical Dependency and other counseling. All will seek to assist you to satisfy your personal quest for knowledge and enable your own personal, professional and spiritual growth.

Dr. Larry Olson
Psychology Department Chair
Professor of Psychology and Counseling

Available Programs

Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Psychology program guides students in discovery of unique personal giftedness as it relates to vocational call. Along with a foundational grasp of human behavior and mental processes, special attention is given to how faith and theory translate into application as students consider graduate school options, entry-level employment, or ministry in related areas. Each course in the curriculum is intended to scaffold (build, construct) the learning experience toward a capstone practicum that will measure the ability of the student to apply concepts in a professional environment.

Options open to graduates include:

  • Apprenticeships or entry-level work (e.g., juvenile court, corrections, half-way house groups, social services, shelter for abused groups, treatment and counseling centers, other human services settings, etc.)
  • Graduate work at the seminary or university level

Additional education and supervised work may be required for certification and/or licensing, depending on state/institutional requirements.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Articulate a basic understanding of the principles of human development and behavior.
  • Understand contemporary psychological theory.
  • Attain a basic knowledge of psychological research methodology.
  • Integrate the connection between the Bible and psycho­logical principle into a model applicable to the student’s professional context.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the objective for the chosen concentration.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

This program seeks to equip the student with a foundational grasp of human behavior and mental processes. General biblical and professional disciplines are holistically blended to create an ongoing process of learning. Options open to graduates include the following:

  • Apprenticeships or entry-level work (e.g., juvenile court, corrections, half-way house groups, social services, shelters for abused groups, treatment and counseling centers, etc.)
  • Graduate work at the seminary or university level

This degree program exceeds the current educational requirements for the State of Ohio at the time of this printing.  Additional education and supervised work may be required for a certificate or license in other states or nations.  Prior to enrolling, students are encouraged to check educational requirements for any geographical location in which they anticipate employment. A list of credentialing boards in Ohio and around the world is available from icamprc.memberlodge.com.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to: 

  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making to the study of substance abuse counseling.
  • Appraise the needs of persons through use of assessment techniques, diagnostic criteria, and treatment planning.
  • Utilize appropriate counseling techniques with individuals, families, and groups.
  • Apply chemical dependency interventions, knowledge of drugs, and ethical codes of conduct.
 

News

Professor Larry Olson

Christmas in the Wesleyan Tradition

An Interview with Prof. Larry Olson, Chair, Department of Psychology Q: Thanks for taking time to discuss how studying theories of personality helps us better understand human behavior and society, especially from a Christian perspective where faith in Christ transforms personality.  Now, as we celebrate Christmas and the new year, can you explain... Read More

Dr. Sylvia McDonald Presents Research at 39th Annual NITOP

Does research always mean lab coats and boring studies? Of course not! In January, OCU psychology department professor, Dr. Sylvia McDonald and OCU alum, Evan McDonald presented research at the 39th  Annual National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology entitled “College Students Stress Can Go To The Dogs”. The research highlighted that exposure to... Read More

OCU Student Finds Hope Through Classmates

By Krista Williams In a time where our country and humanity is living in a great amount of fear, being at OCU gives me so much hope. I find peace in being here as I look around the classrooms- I see the future. I sit and look at all of the hardworking students and how each one of them has a divine purpose they are preparing for. A purpose given... Read More